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February 12, 2018 3:28 pm

Why Doesn’t the PA Return Stolen Israeli Cars to Israel?

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a meeting of the Palestinian Central Council in Ramallah on Jan. 14, 2018. Reuters / Mohamad Torokman.

The Palestinian police recently destroyed 40 “illegal” vehicles in the town of Ram.

When they say “illegal” vehicles, they mean cars that were stolen from Israel. And the photo of one of the cars about to be destroyed showed an Israeli license plate.

The Palestinian Authority could arrange to return these cars to Israel. It almost certainly costs more to destroy them and dispose of them than to transport them to a nearby checkpoint where Israeli companies could pick them up.

Instead the PA destroys them.

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They gain nothing from destroying the cars.

But it seems that the idea of returning the cars to Israel is simply not considered. And knowing how many Arabs in general adhere to a zero-sum game mentality, the reason is because anything that helps Israel must be bad for the Palestinians in some way.

Since returning the cars would make Israeli insurance companies and car owners happy, it is better to destroy them — because Israeli happiness means Palestinian misery, in this warped universe.

Now, think about how this twisted thought process applies to making peace between the two sides.

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